Thursday, the West Coast League announced its 2019 schedule for league play ahead of its 15th season.
While the AppleSox’ 2019 league schedule has been released, the full team schedule has not been announced yet. There are open dates on the schedule that the team hopes to fill with non-league opponents.
“We are still looking to add some games against non-league opponents,” AppleSox general manager Ken Osborne said. “As we do every year, we look forward to adding other opponents to our schedule to give our fans as many home games as possible and our players more time on the field.”
The 20th season in AppleSox history begins on June 4 with a three-game series against the Victoria HarbourCats. This will be the third straight season where the AppleSox either begin the season and/or their home schedule with a series against the HarbourCats.
After a three-game series in Yakima immediately following the season-opening set, the Sox return to Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium for a six-game homestand beginning on June 6. The homestand kicks off with three games against the Port Angeles and then, following an off-day, three against the Walla Walla Sweets.
Once the AppleSox play three in Port Angeles on June 18-20, there are four open dates on the schedule before the team’s second-longest road trip of the season. June 25-30 has the Sox first crossing the border and traveling to Victoria for three games before returning to the States and playing the Cowlitz Black Bears for three more.
For the second straight year, the AppleSox will be home on the Fourth of July as they host the Kelowna Falcons from July 2-4.
Afterwards, the Sox battle the Bend Elks in a home-and-home series. The battle begins with three games in Bend from July 5-7 and then three more in Wenatchee from July 9-11.
The final three against the Elks in Wenatchee represent the beginning of a six-game homestand, which concludes with three against the Bellingham Bells from July 12-15.
Following an off-day on July 15, the AppleSox embark on their longest road trip of the season. The nine-games-in-11-days grind begins on July 16 with three games in Kelowna and then three more at Bellingham prior to the two-day All-Star Break on July 22 and 23. The Sox play three games in Walla Walla immediately after the Break to conclude the arduous road trip.
The first home games in the post-All-Star Break schedule are July 27-29 against the Portland Pickles. The Sox have three consecutive open dates after that series, followed by back-to-back home league series against the Yakima Valley Pippins (Aug. 2-4) and the newest members of the WCL, the Ridgefield Raptors (Aug. 6-8), to wrap up the home schedule.
The regular season concludes on the road against the three-time defending champion Corvallis Knights from Aug. 9-11. The WCL playoffs begin on Aug. 13 and the latest possible date for a Championship Series game to be played is Aug. 20.
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